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  • Volunteers raise thousands to aid sick children and their families

    About halfway through this year’s Walk For Congenital Heart Defects Awareness, Katie Columbia had a problem.
    The larger-than-expected crowd had drank all the soda pop.
    But, Columbia said, that was a good problem to have.
    “We ordered the same amount of pop as last year but we ran out,” Columbia said.
    Volunteers ran out to get more drinks to make sure no one went thirsty.
    The soda pop situation was one of several bumps Columbia and the volunteers overcame this year to make the event successful.

  • Annual golf event ready to tee off

    The 15th annual Charlie Satterwhite Memorial Golf Shamble is almost ready to tee off to help raise money and awareness for Owen County senior citizens and the Trust for Life Program.
    The namesake of the event, Owen County’s Circuit Court Judge Charles Satterwhite was a victim of cystic fibrosis during his youth, Satterwhite overcame his health problems to go to law school and eventually became Kentucky’s youngest circuit court judge ever.

  • Owen Fiscal Court moves to clear up road confusion

    A name change for two Owen County roads has come after packages belonging to residents of Severn Branch Road were being delivered to the wrong addresses.
    The Owen County Fiscal Court adopted a resolution at its Feb. 11 meeting renaming Severn Branch Road and Hunter Lane.
    According to the resolution, Severn Branch Road has five residents that had their 911 address assigned by former Owen County Judge-executive Doug West as Hunter Lane in the early 1990s.

  • As snow begins to melt, Owen Co. officials urge caution with rising waters

    Owen County Emergency Management reminds residents that Kentucky is in the middle of is Flood Safety Awareness Week.

    Before a flood

  • ‘No burn’ season begins this week

    The Division of Forestry has the authority to impose fines of up to $10,000 and imprisonment of up to five years for any person who violates burning within 150 feet of a woodland or brush land.
    During the fire hazard season, even though the precautions required by KRS shall have been taken, it shall be unlawful for any person to set fire to, or to procure another to set fire to, any flammable material capable of spreading fire, located in or within 150 feet of any woodland or brush land between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. from Feb. 15 through April 40.

  • Owen countians rally for smoke-free law

    Nearly 300 advocates from across Kentucky gathered in Frankfort on Feb. 12 to show their support for a bill to make indoor workplaces and public places throughout the state smoke-free.
    Ruth Kingkade and Brittany Noe, both from Owenton, visited the Capitol to meet with their legislators. They then took part in a rally in the rotunda.

  • Grand jury charges man with stealing pick-up

    An Owen County grand jury has indicted a local man for allegedly stealing a truck.
    Arvil Hubbard Jr., 35, on the charges of theft by unlawful taking or disposition of property with a value of $500 or more and second-degree burglary.

  • Bad weather takes a toll on county resources

    Since the beginning of the year the Owen County Road Department has logged over 300 hours of overtime battling the snow and ice that has been present for much of that time.
    Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith said the county road crews have put in many long hours to keep roads passable.
    “I think we’ve done an excellent job,” Keith said. “We were able to have school (Feb. 10) and I think that proves it, because there were many counties around us that didn’t have school.”

  • Murder trial may be delayed

    Nearly two years have passed since James Monroe’s body was found dumped on the side of Interstate 64 in Frankfort, and a trial for an Owen County man charged with the murder could be delayed once again.
    Joshua Hammond, 32, of Owen County, and James Simons, 37, of Grant County, are charged with murder, first-degree assault, first-degree robbery and tampering with physical evidence following the alleged murder of Monroe on May 5, 2012.

  • Owenton sewer study set to begin this month

    News-Herald
    Staff Report
    Kentucky American Water will soon launch a comprehensive assessment of its sanitary sewer system in Owenton.
    The company, which has been in the planning stages of the sanitary sewer system study for the past few months, said in a release that the 10-month project is scheduled to begin in mid-February